Watching This Week #104
An abbreviated newsletter with updated listings for March 20-26, 2023.
Looking into what's happening with "SEAL Team", plus news about "Titans", "The Freak Brothers", and more.
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Welcome to the November 15, 2021 edition of This Week in WCIW, the weekly newsletter from Where Can I Watch – covering the latest news on where TV shows and movies will be available in Canada.
Read on for news about shows like The Freak Brothers and Titans, but first, we once again look at a popular broadcast TV series that no longer seems to be available in Canada.
In our November guide, you may have noticed us referring to SEAL Team moving to Paramount+ beginning with episode 5 of the current fifth season, including in Canada, citing a blog post from a veteran Canadian TV critic.
This past week, reader Doug emailed us alerting us to the fact that turned out not to actually be the case. Indeed, several others made comments on the original post noting the lack of new episodes, and the author has now partially walked back the post as a result, saying he got bad information from Paramount+'s PR team.
Although we've seen some indications that episode 5 was briefly available on Par+ in Canada on the day of release, as of this writing, no season 5 episodes are currently available via the Apple TV Channel version of Paramount+ in Canada, and we assume it's the same for the app version of Par+. (Our November guide has been updated to reflect this.)
We don't know what's going on here, unfortunately. We can only guess that SEAL Team is now in some sort of limbo state similar to season 2 of Evil (another CBS Studios production which aired on CBS and Global but has moved to Paramount+ in the U.S.), which remains nowhere to be seen in Canada more than a month after the season finished airing in the United States.
Meanwhile, this past Thursday, HBO Max in the U.S. released the second season of South Side, a series originally produced for (and still owned by) another ViacomCBS network, Comedy Central. As with The Other Two, the first season of that series aired in Canada on Bell Media channels (in this case Much) and was made available on Crave (the first season of South Side remains there, at least for the moment), but we've seen no indication that the new season will be airing in Canada anytime soon.
The common denominator between these four series seems to be that they're ViacomCBS-owned shows all moving from traditional TV to streaming in the United States. So we can only assume that there's some sort of commonality in the contracts, and/or in how ViacomCBS wants to handle these shows in Canada going forward, that is causing a delay in making new episodes available in Canada.
Unfortunately, beyond that, we don't know enough at this point to be able to confidently say who, or what, is the blocker here.
We've updated a couple of existing pages regarding items mentioned above, as well as our post about Dopesick pointing to the series' page on Disney+ now that it's been released there for Canadian audiences. We've also added new posts about Yellowstone (on both Paramount Network and Prime Video in Canada) and The Shrink Next Door (new to Apple TV+ globally).
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